Gov. Nathan Deal has signed his first bill into law. House Bill 749, which has been dubbed the Cargo Theft Act, imposes penalties based on the value of the theft, singling out pharmaceutical cargo thefts to carry stiffer penalties. Criminals convicted of cargo theft of pharmaceuticals valued up to $10,000 will face sentences of up to 10 years in prison as well as fines of up to $100,000. Controlled substance thefts of up to $1 million will carry sentances of up to 25 years and up to $1 million in fines, while loads stolen that exceed $1 million will be penalized with up to 30 years and $1 million in fines.
Also identified in the law are penalties for tampering with fifth wheel devices that join tractors and trailers, including any anti-theft device attached to it, such as king pin locks. Fines for attempts to alter, move or sell fifth wheels or their locks will be up to 10 years in prison and $10,000.